August 23, 2019
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God,
to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,
acceptable to God,
which is your spiritual service of worship.
As we offer our bodies as living sacrifices on the altar of God, we are dead to sin and alive with Christ. So the living sacrifice of the believer doesn’t demand the destruction of the sacrifice as it did in the Old Testament. But it projects the full energy of life that is in Christ Jesus—the fullness of life, the abundance of life, all that it means to live the positive and dynamic life of Christ.
August 20, 2019
At the end of Romans chapter 11, the apostle Paul drops to his knees in praise and adoration for God. Before moving on his letter to the practical conclusions which flow from the grand and distinct doctrines of the Gospel, the apostle pauses to marvel at the ground which he had trekked. And looking back on the whole of Romans 1-11, Paul must exalt his Sovereign. God is worthy to be praised for God knows what He’s doing even when we do not. God is control of all of history even when we don’t get it. Therefore, Paul falls down before God and worships by bursting into a marvelous doxology.
August 19, 2019
Romans 11:28-32 shows us that God is control of all of all of history, even when He is disobeyed. The apostle Paul’s lifts up Israel as the prime example. Israel is now at enmity with God because they have rejected Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, God has made irrevocable promises of blessing which He will fulfill. Therefore, we should stand in awe of God because He designs and controls all of history to display His faithfulness to His promises and the glory of His mercy to sinners.
August 9, 2019
For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery-- so that you will not be wise in your own estimation-- that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved;
July 23, 2019
In using the analogy of the olive tree in Romans 11:11-15, the apostle Paul shows us that in the Christian church, there is no place whatsoever for anti-Semitism or looking down upon the Jews. We are blessed as Gentile believers in Christ only because we are blessed by being connected to an Abrahamic root. We are blessed by becoming people of an Abrahamic covenant through spiritual heritage. We are blessed because we have been grafted into the stock of Semitic blessing. We are blessed because we are grafted into the covenant of salvation that God made with Abraham.